Permission To Suck - WN 097
25 min

Does that little voice inside your head tell you that you cannot produce anything but perfection, or that you are not qualified to have the title of “writer”, or even that you are not good enough to be in a “writer’s world”? In this episode, I give you permission and the secret key to move forward on your creative path. 


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Writers, Ink
Writers, Ink
J.D. Barker and J. Thorn
The Thinning Line Between Indie and Traditional Publishing
In this episode, J. and J.D. welcome indie mastermind Zach Bohannon to the show to discuss the growing similarities between indie and traditional publishing.   Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, writing a good book is only the first step in becoming a successful author. The days of just turning a manuscript into your editor and walking away are gone. If you want to succeed in today’s publishing world, you need to understand every aspect of the business - editing, formatting, marketing, contracts. It all starts with a good book, then the real work begins.   Join international bestselling author J.D. Barker and indie powerhouses, J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon, as they gain unique insight and valuable advice from the most prolific and accomplished authors in the business. In this episode, you’ll discover: * What’s the deal with Audiblegate? * The benefits of being a “hybrid” author * Why traditional publishers are starting to value eBooks * Why indies are becoming more tolerant of traditional deals * The importance of a mailing list when pursuing a trad deal * The role of subscription-based services in the future of publishing Links: J. D. Barker - J. Thorn - Zach Bohannon - Proudly sponsored by Kobo Writing Life - Music by Nicorus -  Voice Over by Rick Ganley - and recorded at Mill Pond Studio - Contact -  *Full disclosure: Some of the links are affiliate links. See for privacy and opt-out information.
45 min
Fiction Writing Made Easy
Fiction Writing Made Easy
Savannah Gilbo
How to Start Editing Your NaNowriMo Draft
*In today's episode, I'm going to walk you through what to do with your messy first draft now that NaNoWriMo is over.* Here's a preview of what's included: [01:20] Everything we cover in today's episode can be used whether you participated in NaNoWriMo or not. All that matters is that you have a finished draft. [02:30] Step #1: Take a break from your draft so that you can get some distance and give your imagination time to regenerate. [03:30] Step #2: Read your draft to familiarize yourself with what you wrote and to see all of the story pieces that you have to work with. Don't make any changes yet! [04:10] Step #3: Read your draft, again, with your editor's hat on. Focus on the big-picture elements of the story (genre, characters, structure, theme, point of view, etc.) and take notes on things you want to fix, add, delete, or change. Don’t make any changes yet, just take notes. [09:10] Step #4: Make a plan for exactly HOW you’re going to tackle your revisions. When would you like to be done? How much time will you set aside each day/week/month to work on your revisions? [10:20] Step #5: Get an outsider's perspective once you've done as much as you can on your own. Enlist the help of beta readers, a developmental editor, or even a book coach. [11:30] When should you work with a professional editor or book coach? If you're just starting, or if your draft is a big mess, a book coach can help you start over from the ground up. If you have a finished draft, a developmental editor can help you figure out your next steps. [12:55] Key points and episode recap. *Subscribe & Review in Apple Podcasts* Are you subscribed to my podcast? If you’re not, I want to encourage you to do that today. I don’t want you to miss an episode! Especially because I’m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the mix and if you’re not subscribed there’s a good chance you’ll miss out on those. So, click here to subscribe to the show in Apple Podcasts! If you're already a subscriber, and if you enjoy the show, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on Apple Podcasts, too. Those reviews help other writers find my podcast and they’re also super fun for me to go in and read. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what your favorite part of the show is. Thanks in advance! *Links mentioned in this episode:* * Episode Freebie: The NaNoWriMo Editing Checklist (PDF) * How to Choose the Right Genre for Your Story (podcast and article) * 3 Ways to Figure Out the Theme of Your Story (podcast and article) * 5 Questions to Help You Write Better Characters (podcast and article) * How to Choose the Best POV for Your Story (article) P.S. Did you know that I have a Facebook group just for fiction writers? In this private group, we talk about all things writing, editing, and publishing fiction. It's free to join and you can request access here. Hope to see you there!
17 min
Fare of the Free Child
Fare of the Free Child
Akilah S. Richards
Ep 197: A Deschooling Word About Boundaries, Babies, and Business Trelani Michelle (of Krak Teet) on dating, parenting, and professional pursuits
This week on #fofcpod, we're talking about boundaries - ways to affirm them, and ways to honor the development of boundaries as they show up, shift us, and determine so many elements of how we show up in our bodies and in our relationships. Listen in as Trelani Michelle, our modern-day Zora Neale Hurston, offers some sweet and insightful storytelling about the recognition and re-affirming of her boundaries in her work, her parenting practice, and in her dating life. Trelani also shares the origins of her celebrated project, Krak Teet: A Catalog of Savannah’s Black-in-the-Day Biographies that centers the life experiences of native Gullah Geechee elders from 1920 on through to 1970. *WHAT WE DISCUSS* *How shedding/deschooling ain’t just about habits, but can also include relationships.* Trelani and Akilah talk about the shedding elements of deschooling. Shedding, in essence, is about stopping certain established patterns or norms that are out of alignment with what you’re learning about your authentic self -- your thoughts, your  body, your actions, and what best suits your healing and liberation process. Trelani’s deschooling process led to many shifts, including divorce. It also aligned her with many things, including the 10-fold rewards that came with her decision NOT to conform, but instead to affirm her boundaries. *Teaching with Consent* They also talk about some of the dynamics around teaching and learning and how those dynamics support a deeper layer of understanding and acceptance that doesn’t compromise each other’s boundaries. Trelani shares her experience with Kobe, her 11-year-old daughter, and how they are getting acquainted with each other’s boundaries, and developing what Akilah describes as a set of vital life skills that are developed, in practice, over time. *LIBERATION WALK* * Not feeling all the positive, uplifting energies right now? Akilah wrote a short book for you about it. Check it: Perfectly Rational Reasons To Be Okay With Not Being Okay: A Self-Care Guide For Embracing Your Feelings Even When They Are Negative (The Radical Self-Expression eBook Series 1) * Raising Free People Network’s Presence Counselors Leslie Bray and Anthony Galloway, Jr. are here to support unschooling and deschooling processes for families and organizations * Hosting, or are part of, a Raising Free People Book Club? Tell us by emailing with the details about that book club. Akilah would love to come through, right quick! * Subscribe to our Youtube Channel! * Join and help make sure we can do this again and again Support the show (
36 min
For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture
For the Life of the World / Yale Center for Faith & Culture
Matthew Croasmun, Drew Collins, Miroslav Volf, Ryan McAnnally-Linz, Evan Rosa
Joyful Recognition, All Is Gift: Four Perspectives on Gratitude in 2020 / Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Sarah Schnitker, Jessica Hooten Wilson, Miroslav Volf
Defining gratitude as joyful recognition, the courage to be grateful, comparing gratitude for self-help vs gratitude in prayer, resilience, seeing all as gift and everything as grace. Featuring: Stacey Floyd-Thomas, Sarah Schnitker, Jessica Hooten Wilson, and Miroslav Volf. Show Notes * 1:07 - Miroslav Volf * Our gratitude for you listeners! * Sometimes complaint comes easier than gratitude, requiring the courage to be grateful. * Misconceptions about gratitude: repayment of debt, obligation to the giver, a strategy for happiness or subjective well-being. * Miroslav’s view of gratitude: Joyful recognition * Gratitude is "joy over the giver, joy over the gift, joy over having received the gift and having been set into relation to the giver marked by freedom.” * 6:45 - Stacey Floyd-Thomas * Slow down and focus on what matters most * Despite what may seem grim in this moment, redeem now as a holy time. * Gratitude as not merely a disposition but an essential duty of defiance and determination that keeps us bound to our first duty: to care for our neighbors as our very best selves. * Maya Angelou: “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you say your nightly prayer, and let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” * 10:18 - Sarah Schnitker * Praying gratitude together as more than self-help * The difference between gratitude as prayer and gratitude as a tool for feeling happier * 14:30 - Jessica Hooten Wilson * “Thank you for the fleas.” Corrie Ten Boom’s _The Hiding Place_ * 1 Thessalonians: “Give thanks in all circumstances." * "All is gift. Even sufferings of many kinds are gifts if we offer them up and allow God to redeem them." * Cultivate a gracious imagination that sees all as grace A recent review from one of our listeners: "So much is happening and our society has rules where we often check our deepest meaning systems at the door. This works until a year like this year when we need to draw on much deeper resources, and we want a way to connect as a community. This group seems committed to softening those isolating norms, and showing us all what that could look like to do so with love and respect." (Donnied48, 10/5/2020, via Apple Podcasts)
20 min
writing class radio
writing class radio
andrea askowitz and allison langer
The Upside to a Downside
On today’s episode you’ll hear a story that takes a bad situation and finds the good. We don’t love sappy happy endings, but honest happy endings are the best, especially when they bring joy to the world. Jamie Katz got married on her balcony during lockdown and was greeted with some pleasant surprises. Her story also shows how much can be told with very few words.  Writing Class Radio is co-hosted by Allison Langer ( and Andrea Askowitz ( This episode of Writing Class Radio is produced by Matt Cundill of SoundOff Media, Andrea Askowitz and Allison Langer. Mia Pennekamp is our media specialist. Theme music is by Amadians. Additional music by John Destill and John Farla. There’s more writing class on our website (, Facebook (, Instagram and Twitter (@wrtgclassradio). If you love the lessons you get on each episode, you can get them ALL in one place--our three-part video series--for $50. Click Video Classes on our website. Writing Class Radio is open to submissions from our listeners. Go to the submissions page on our website for guidelines. We pay! If you want to be a part of the movement that helps people better understand each other through storytelling, follow us on Patreon. For $10/month Andrea will answer all your publishing questions. For $25/month you can join Allison’s First Draft weekly writers group, where you can write and share your work. Go to or click here to support us.
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